John Lee

Professor Emeritus


2911 Cooley


  • 1999-2004: Department Chair, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • 1998-2000: Interim Director, Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project
  • 1986-1986: Acting Department Chair, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1981-present: Professor, Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences
  • 1978-1981: Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1974-1978: Assistant Professor, Nuclear Engineering
  • 1973-1974: Senior Engineer, General Electric Company
  • 1969-1973: Senior Engineer, Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems


University of California at Berkeley
PhD Nuclear Engineering ’69

Seoul National University
BS ’63

Research Interests

  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • Space-time reactor kinetic
  • Optimization of the nuclear fuel cycle
  • Transmutation of spent nuclear fuel
  • Risk and safety analysis of nuclear systems
  • Power plant simulation and control

Research areas:

Professional Service

  • Member, Review Committee for the NRC’s Oversight of the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, U. S. General Accounting Office, 2003-2004.
  • Member, Honors and Awards Committee, American Nuclear Society, 2000-2002.
  • Member, University Working Group, U. S. Department of Energy, 1999-2004.
  • Member, Technical Working Group, Generation IV Roadmap Project, U. S. Department of Energy, 2001-2002.
  • University of Chicago Review Committee for the Reactor Analysis Division, Argonne National Laboratory, member 1992-2002, chair 1995-1996, 1999-2000.
  • Member, Panel on Separations Technology and Transmutation Systems, Transmutation Subpanel, National Academy of Sciences, 1991-1996.
  • Consultant, Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1975-1994.


  • Fellow, American Nuclear Society, 1988.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, 2010
  • Outstanding  Faculty  Achievement  Award,  College  of  Engineering,  University  of Michigan, 2008.
  • Outstanding  Teacher  Award,  Department  of  Nuclear  Engineering  and  Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 2006 and 2007.
  • Service Award, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, 1998.
  • Distinguished Service Award, University of Michigan Class of 1938E, 1979.